Glasnow Dazzles For Seven In Loss To Indians
Edwin Encarnacion‘s seventh inning homer was the only run the Cleveland Indians needed as three pitchers combined to shutout the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0.
Tyler Glasnow (0-2, 3.32 ERA) takes the loss for Tampa Bay who fall to 71-63. Despite the loss the Rays have won nine of their last 11 overall and finish August with a 17-10 record.
Corey Kluber (17-7, 2.80 ERA) picks up the win for the Indians who improve to 77-57. Cody Allen worked a scoreless eighth and Brad Hand finished the shutout retiring the Rays in order in the ninth to pick up his 31st save. Indians pitching held the Rays lineup to just a pair of hits on the night
Glasnow Dominates Indians Lineup:
Tyler Glasnow was outstanding working seven innings and allowing one run on two hits while striking out six and walking one. The Indians didn’t have their first hit until the first inning.
He only needed 79-pitches to carve through the heralded Indians’ lineup throwing 56 of them for strikes.
“Fastball command, getting ahead early.” Glasnow said of his success Friday night. “The curveball I was able to get over for strikes, left if over to Encarnacion, but fastball, curveball, slider was working well.”
Manager Kevin Cash raved about Glasnow’s performance after the game. “Really impressed with the way Tyler [Glasnow] through the ball for us. He was awesome to watch, went toe-to-toe with arguably one of the best in the game. Did everything he could to keep us in, just couldn’t get anything offensively going.”
One of Glasnow’s big deficiencies is the time he takes to deliver the ball to home plate, This is especially troublesome with runners on base. In his career, the opposition has a 75-percent success rate against him (40-of-53) and are 8-of-10 off him this season with Tampa Bay. Last night, he was able to maintain his command and his velocity while displaying the slide step delivery with runners on base. It’s a first step in a process of Glasnow controlling the running game.
Rays Roster Move:
Prior to the game Tampa Bay placed catcher Michael Perez on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain. To take his place on the roster catcher Adam Moore was recalled from Durham. Moore required a place on the 40-man roster which is now full at 40.
Up Next For Rays:
The Rays and Indians play the second of their three game set Saturday night at 7:10. Blake Snell (16-5, 2.05 ERA) will take the mound for Tampa Bay. The Indians will counter with Shane Bieber (8-2, 4.52 ERA).